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Interview: Why Mitchell Jarvis Will ‘Rock’ Till He Drops

Originally published on TDF Stage View this story online  The actor on reprising his role as Lonny in Rock of Ages Mitchell Jarvis credits Shakespeare with inspiring him to revisit his best-known stage role, Lonny, the cheeky narrator of Rock of Ages for … Continue reading


Interview: How a Planned Rom-Com Transformed Into a Serious Exploration of Captivity

Winter Miller on the unexpected trajectory of her world-premiere play No One Is Forgotten Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online — For years Winter Miller has been telling her playwriting students to “follow your yes,” encouraging them to trust their … Continue reading


Interview: How Hadestown Turned an Ancient Story Into This Year’s Best Musical

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online The road to hell is a lengthy passage in Hadestown, but the journey of Anais’ Mitchell’s re-envisioning of ancient Greek myths to Tony-winning victory on Broadway seems even longer and more transformative. Somehow … Continue reading


Review: All My Sons

The crushing of youthful ideals has fueled many a drama, both onstage and off. But few have accomplished this as powerfully, or as devastatingly, as Arthur Miller in his 1947 drama All My Sons, currently revived by Roundabout Theater Company … Continue reading


Review: Hillary and Clinton

“That felt good,” this critic thought after attending a performance of Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath’s topical new play in performances at the Golden Theatre. Almost three years after watching an undeniably qualified woman lose the Presidential election to an undoubtedly unqualified man – … Continue reading


Review: Benny and Joon

Even the best garnishes can’t save a badly-baked treat. Thus is the case of Benny and Joon, the latest movie-to-musical adaptation to take the stage. This pleasantly pleasing but unfulfilling creation playing at Paper Mill Playhouse is elevated with by … Continue reading


Review: What the Constitution Means to Me

As a teenager, playwright and performer Heidi Schreck visited many American Legion Halls, giving speeches on the Constitution that “drew a personal connection between your own life and the document” to earn money for college. After her prepared statement, she … Continue reading


Interview: He’s the Only Director Who Makes Her Comfortable Enough to Bare All

Originally published at TDF Stages View this story online   Halley Feiffer and Trip Cullman discuss collaborating on The Pain of My Belligerence at Playwrights Horizons — “We joke that this is the healthiest relationship in our lives,” says Halley Feiffer, gesturing … Continue reading